Can't be normal, can it?!?
Can't be normal, can it?!?
It's probably a normal result of the kind of life that it's led. The case material including case back appears to be chrome plated brass, which is commonplace for a watch of this age and design. The chrome has worn through in several places. The crystal is some kind of plexiglass that has gone yellow with age. Based on the style of hands I guess that the dial numbers were never luminous. What in particular was concerning you?
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Kru Chris...I am in 100% agreement with Chascomm: this watch has aged just as my experience has indicated that many like it have...entirely normal & rather unexceptional!
Of course, if you've never seen one, well...it does seem a bit strange.
I daresay the previous owner(s) spent money on something other than polishing compound, though...!
Just a little patina.
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A one watch owner. And if he wore it that much It must have been rather reliable. Sure it looks like it went through hell but honestly...for a watch to get this amount of wear is a great illustration of someone depending on just one watch for a very long time. I know.....strange idea ONE watch.
Rumor has it my Uncle Vinny was crushed in a car, he wore a Rolex.
As some of the previous posters have mentioned the wear seems nothing unusual for the age of the watch.
It may even be a good sign of sorts the the movement was very reliable and hence provided many years of good service to the previous owner (s).
Early crystals were prone to yelllowing and this could sometimes lead to degredation of the dial/lume
Other dials can be fine and reveal nice detail once you replace the old crystal.
sometimes you can try to make out what is crystal dirt or scratching and make an educated geuss as to the condition of the actual dial.
Some of these late 1920`s/early `30`s watches can have handsomely decorated movements too with peerlage or engraved bridges etc.
If the watch is mechanically sound and you like it you could always try the option of replating the case..not hideously expensive and the can sometimes transform a watch you`d like to keep.
I had a few done a about 18 months ago,here`s an example almost as shot as yours:
after the re-plating
Not every collector is in favour of replating but at the end of the day it`s personal choice and if you like the watch and fills a little gap in your collection and give you more enjoyment if it looks a bit better then where`s the harm.
Obviously if it`s a high value or particularly unusual or collectable model then probable best to leave as is.
If it`s speculative purchase then probably best to check whether movement spares or donors are available first too.
Uncle Vinne, check.
Crushed in a car, check.
In quite the same way as you stated, ummmm.
DemonFinder, that Roamer is gorgeous. You did the right thing replating it.
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